Firm Profile > Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados
Av. Pres. Juscelino Kubitscheck, 2041
WTJK – Torre D – 6º andar
CEP 04543-011

Real estate Tier 1

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados has established an excellent reputation in the market for its broad range of real estate services, with founding partner Marcelo Terra considered something of a pioneer. The firm offers strong advice in key ancillary areas, including environmental and planning law, and also has a noteworthy real estate litigation practice, where Natália Japur has a good track record. The team regularly handles complex real estate-related corporate mandates, and also advises on financings, structured products and capital markets listings, areas in which Guilherme Caffaro Terra and Helena Mendonça de Toledo Arruda are especially active. The firm is particularly popular with major real estate investment funds.


‘Marcelo Terra is polite, intelligent and direct, he dominates matters related to real estate law.’

‘I also had the honour of working with Natalia Japur, who is extremely dedicated and professional.’

Public law Tier 5

Clients from regulated industry sectors, ranging from sanitation, transportation, waste management and energy, seek Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados' support in relation to contractual matters and administrative proceedings before local, state and federal entities and regulatory bodies. The practice is well equipped to assist with participation in public bids, execution of government contracts, PPPs, anti-corruption issues and concession agreements. Luis Eduardo Serra Netto, who focuses on administrative and infrastructure matters, oversees the group.

Practice head(s):


‘Lawyers are committed and provide clients with the best solutions to achieve desired results.’

Key clients


Sindicato das Empresas de Compra, Venda, Locação e Administração de Imóveis Residenciais e Comerciais de São Paulo – Secovi-SP

PPX Participações

Vital Engenharia Ambiental

PLANOVA Planejamento e Construções

Grupo WTorre

Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

Consórcio CQTC Golden Phoenix Monorail

Associação São Paulo Capital da Diversidade

TEAD – Terminais Aduaneiros do Brasil

Grupo CCR

Ecourbis Ambiental

Composed of some of the nation’s most renowned attorneys in their practice areas, Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra is a law firm with 34 partners and 32 associates located in São Paulo, Brazil. Duarte Garcia also has an office in Brasília and maintains associations with law firms in Portugal. Led by Mário Sérgio Duarte Garcia, Marcelo Terra, Mário de Barros Duarte Garcia and Luis Eduardo Serra Netto, the firm has an experienced and successful litigation practice at all levels of jurisdiction, with relevant experience petitioning for the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and Superior Court of Justice (STJ). Duarte Garcia is likewise highly regarded for its legal advisory practice in the areas of Real Estate, Infrastructure and M&A, being frequently honoured by clients, other lawyers from around the country, international and national legal publications, and ranking organisations.

Administrative and infrastructure: Duarte Garcia has wide-ranging experience advising clients on public bids, public service concessions, public-private partnerships, privatisations, and use of public properties. The firm has a long run portfolio related to privatisations, defence on civil public actions and other enforcement measures in administrative and civil sanctions. Civil

Litigation and arbitration: The civil practice provides advice relating to the negotiation and drafting of contracts in general. Representation in judicial proceedings involving matters of civil and corporate law. The firm also has considerable experience in arbitration proceedings as active members of the State of São Paulo Trade Federation Arbitration Commission, the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, of the US-Brazil Chamber of Commerce and the International Chamber of Commerce.

Compliance and white-collar crime: The team is highly specialised working side-by-side with other practices to provide customised assistance in the implementation of compliance programs, enforcement of compliance policies, private investigations and defence on criminal matters. The white-collar team is experienced in advising and defending clients from police investigations and dawn-raids to petitioning in all levels of jurisdiction.

Corporate and M&A: Duarte Garcia advises in all areas of corporate and commercial law, including due diligence, incorporation of companies, M&A transactions, joint ventures, foreign investment.

Environment: The expertise of the environmental practice includes administrative and judicial litigation in addition to assistance regarding environmental restrictions and licensing imposed by federal, state and local laws.

Labour: Auditing for liability contingencies, negotiation of collective bargaining with work class associations and defence in labour courts are among the expertise of the labour practice. The team is highly specialised in labour claims relating to the health care industry, construction and real estate sectors.

Real estate: Assistance in land use and occupancy regulations, planning and structuring real estate transactions regarding residential, industrial and commercial developments, shopping centres, hotels, multi-use property and others. The firm also advises clients in the emission of financial instruments relating to the real estate market. The team is able to assist clients in the emission of all sorts of financial solutions directed to the property sector such as real estate securities and securitisation products.

Urban: Duarte Garcia has an interdisciplinary team focused on urban law and land occupation issues, having experts in both administrative law and the real estate particularities of municipal regulations. The firm assists clients in all stages of licensing and obtainment of urban authorisations in the administrative and judicial spheres.

Tax: The work of this practice includes tax litigation, preventive assistance and advice as to taxes concerning industrial, commercial and service activities. The firm particularly stands out for its record in tax disputes that affect a large variety of clients playing important roles in the real state and service sector, as a result of its intense practice in both administrative and judicial Courts. It is highly known for the successful implementation of tax strategies in a broad range of commercial and corporate operations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration, Contract, International, Corporate Mário Sérgio Duarte Garcia +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 210
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure , Environment, Real Estate, Litigation, Corporate Marcelo Terra +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
Arbitration, Contract, Corporate Mário de Barros Duarte Garcia +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 212
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure , Business Litigation and Compliance Luis Eduardo Menezes Serra Netto +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 212
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure Francisco Ribeiro Gago +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 247
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure Paola M. Szanto Mendes dos Santos +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 213
Real Estate, Investment funds Guilherme Terra +55 11 4200 6600 - ext. 258
Environment, Litigation José Carlos Baptista Puoli 5511 42006600 - ext. 251
Investment funds Helena Mendonça de Toledo Arruda +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 294
Arbitration, Business Litigation and Compliance , Corporate Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfins +55 11 42006600 - ext. 278
Arbitration, Business Litigation and Compliance , Contract, Corporate, Family and Succession Antonio Carlos Petto Junior +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 250
Environment, Business Litigation and Compliance Douglas Nadalini da Silva +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
Labour Eliane Ribeiro Gago +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
White Collar and Compliance Pedro Simões +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 236
Tax and Succession Roberto Junqueira de Souza Ribeiro +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
Tax and Succession Jayr Viégas Gavaldão Junior +5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
Photo Name Position Profile
 José Antonio Costa Almeida  photo José Antonio Costa Almeida Partner
 Cesar Augusto Alckmin Jacob  photo Cesar Augusto Alckmin Jacob Partner
 Gabriela Braz Aidar  photo Gabriela Braz Aidar Partner
 Guilherme Caffaro Terra  photo Guilherme Caffaro Terra Partner
 Francisco Capote Valente  photo Francisco Capote Valente Partner
 José Carlos Baptista Puoli  photo José Carlos Baptista Puoli Partner
 Flávio Cascaes de Barros Barreto  photo Flávio Cascaes de Barros Barreto Partner
 Natalie  Collet Feitosa Lange  photo Natalie  Collet Feitosa Lange Partner
 Helena Mendonça De Toledo Arruda photo Helena Mendonça De Toledo Arruda Partner
 José Guilherme G. Siqueira Dias  photo José Guilherme G. Siqueira Dias Partner
 Daniel  Gustavo Magnane Sanfins  photo Daniel  Gustavo Magnane Sanfins Partner
 Natália Japur photo Natália Japur Partner
 Roberto Junqueira de Souza Ribeiro  photo Roberto Junqueira de Souza Ribeiro Partner
 Arthur Liske  photo Arthur Liske Partner
 Renata Lorena Martins De Oliveira  photo Renata Lorena Martins De Oliveira Partner
 Ricardo Luiz Iasi Moura  photo Ricardo Luiz Iasi Moura Partner
 Caio  Mário Fiorini Barbosa  photo Caio  Mário Fiorini Barbosa Partner
 Paola M. Szanto Mendes dos Santos  photo Paola M. Szanto Mendes dos Santos Partner
 <strong>Luis Eduardo</strong> Menezes Serra Netto  photo Luis Eduardo Menezes Serra Netto Partner
 Douglas Nadalini  photo Douglas Nadalini Partner
 Antonio Carlos Petto Junior  photo Antonio Carlos Petto Junior Partner
 Eliane Ribeiro Gago  photo Eliane Ribeiro Gago Partner
 Francisco Ribeiro Gago  photo Francisco Ribeiro Gago Partner
 Mário Sérgio Duarte Garcia  photo Mário Sérgio Duarte Garcia Partner
 Rodrigo Scalamandré Duarte Garcia  photo Rodrigo Scalamandré Duarte Garcia Partner
 Adriana  Siqueira Fausto Vaz de Lima  photo Adriana  Siqueira Fausto Vaz de Lima Partner
 Marcelo Terra photo Marcelo Terra Partner
 Jayr Viégas Gavaldão Jr  photo Jayr Viégas Gavaldão Jr Partner
 Mário de Barros Duarte Garcia  photo Mário de Barros Duarte Garcia Partner
 Ana Cristina de Moura Carvalho  photo Ana Cristina de Moura Carvalho Partner
 Wilson de Toledo Silva Junior  photo Wilson de Toledo Silva Junior Partner